Women of The Bible - Part Forty-seven
The Story of Naomi
As retold in rhyme by Bob Dunham
Based upon Ruth 1:2-3, 8, 11, 19-22; 2:1, 2, 6, 20, 22; 3:1; 4:3, 5, 9, 14,16-17.
There was a terrible famine in the land; the crops had withered and died.
A man named Elimalech with two sons and Naomi, his bride,
Abandoned their homeland to seek a new place to live.
Naomi experienced grief untold, but she had a lot of love to give.
While in the land they had chosen to be their new home,
Elimalech died, as did her sons and Naomi got the urge to roam.
She missed the land of her birth; she had been gone for years.
She was sad, feeling abandoned, alone and full of tears.
Both of Naomi’s sons, Mahlon and Chilion, had been wed.
Now they left two grieving widows, for both sons were dead.
Naomi asked her daughters-in-law – would they travel with her.
Orpah said, “No,” but Ruth would concur.
When they reached Bethlehem, which had been their goal,
They had nothing – no food or lodging – only an empty porridge bowl.
Naomi instructed Ruth how she could obtain some food.
It brought forth a great change; here’s what ensued.
There was a man named Boaz, a farmer with extensive fields.
For several years now, he had bounteous yields
Of grains that his workers would harvest for him.
His barrels and buckets were filled to the brim.
But grain was always left – fallen among the stalks on the ground.
Ruth would glean the leftovers. Boaz saw her around
And became infatuated with her. Naomi urged Ruth and Boaz to wed.
Now Naomi had a new family with food, shelter and bed.
Ruth had a son, Obed, who took care of Naomi in her old age.
Was there someone somewhere, a prophet or sage
Who foresaw Ruth and Naomi’s devotion to each other?
Or that Ruth would become King David’s great grandmother?